This new £7m archive and history centre for Hull City Council was completed in October 2009. We worked with PRS Architects on the building design which comprises a shared first floor facility for the City and University of Hull archives, and ground floor facilities including reading rooms, lecture theatres and preservation workshops.
There is an exposed concrete frame with a high quality architectural finish which acts as a heat sink to moderate internal temperatures and assist in achieving the onerous environmental conditions needed for the archive. A covered arcade runs alongside the building. Developing the form of the arcade canopy to integrate the shape of the curved glulam beams, ETFE roof panels and curved glazed facade was a key element of the design and now provides an impressive visual feature for the building. The building has achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” rating.